• Bargaining Brief, January 31st

  • President's Message: Budgets are Moral Documents

  • Grant High School Covers PAT’s Community Centric Bargaining Proposal

  • Listen: PAT President Angela Bonilla is on OPB's Think Out Loud

  • Response to SCOTUS Decision (photo credit: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

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    Know Your Contract: Probationary Educators Performance Evaluations - Heads Up!

    Probationary educators must be evaluated each year during their 3-year probationary period. The process is described in the contract and the Educator Handbook for Professional Growth and Evaluation.  Performance ratings must align with the PPS Performance Evaluation Rubric and ratings must be based on direct evidence included in the written evaluation.

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    Upcoming Events: Bargaining and PAT Committees


    • Bargaining-- Monday, January 30th & Tuesday, Jan. 31st! Set your reminders! Wear your buttons & Blues! 

    PAT Committees and Meetings at PAT Office: RSVP Today

    • Tuesday, Jan. 31st- 4:30-6:30 PM Substitute Committee 
    • Wednesday Feb. 1st-4:30-6:30 PM *Advocacy, Legislative, PAT/PAC Committee 
    • Thursday, Feb. 2nd-4:30-6:30 PM Internal Organizing 
    • Wednesday, Feb. 8th-4:30-6:30 PM *Bargaining, +Racial Equity, Instructional & Professional Development Committees 

    *Marks closed committees

    +Marks affinity space for BIPOC educators 

    For all upcoming events, please see the PAT calendar and OEA calendar.

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    PAT Trainings at PAT Office-Hold Your Spot Today!

    Hold your spot today!

    Legislative, History, and Unionism

    • Monday, January 30th- Understanding the Attacks on Public Education in Oregon and How We Fight Back (4:30PM-6:30PM at PAT) 

    Advocacy Trainings

    • Monday, February 6th- Best Practices of Handling Plans of Assistance (4:30PM-6:30PM via Zoom)
    • Monday, February 13th- Beginning Building Rep Training (4:30-6:30 PM at PAT office)

    Secrets of a Successful Organizer

    • Saturday, February 25th - Secrets of a Successful Organizer Training (10AM-4PM)

    RSVP Here!

    See our flyer for more training opportunities through the year!

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    BLM Week of Action

    Black Lives Matter Week of Action (BLM WOA) is fast approaching (February 6th-10th) and PAT’s Racial Equity and Social Justice Community Outreach Committees encourage all educators to take part. The PPS school board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution encouraging educators to take part in this powerful event. Building reps already have a sign up sheet with a link to the BLM WOA participation pledge and for collecting size information for your beautiful BLM PAT Tee Shirt  (optional $10 donation). You can PLEDGE in advance now and then connect with your building rep next week to provide tee shirt information.

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    New(ish) to PERS? RSVP to Join Us on January 25th--Retirement/ Financial Planning Seminar at PAT

    This Wednesday, January 25 at 4:30pm, PAT will be hosting a

    Retirement/ Financial Planning Seminar, focused on educators who are new(ish) to PERS. (Although you don't have to be new in order to attend!) This seminar is dedicated to financial wellbeing and planning for the future, led by veteran financial advisor Ed Foster. Topics for this seminar include:

    • How does your state-sponsored retirement plan work?
    • Where does the I.A.P. account fit in?
    • How much money do you need to retire anyway?
    • What happens if you change careers?
    • What can you do to maximize your retirement savings?
    • PERS? OPSRP? 403b? TSA? IRA? What do these all mean?!

    RSVP HERE. The seminar will be in person on Wednesday, January 25, 4:30-6:00 PM, at the PAT office at 345 NE 8th Ave. A light meal will be provided. See the flyer here.

    (*These retirement seminars are a benefit of PAT membership, and only available for PAT members. Not a member yet? Join here!)


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    Probationary teachers are formally evaluated at least two times during the school year. By the last work day before Winter Break, all probationary teachers should have received their first evaluation report.

    This mid-cycle evaluation must be based on at least one formal observation cycle, which requires a pre-observation conference, the observation, and a post-observation conference.

    In addition to the formal observation cycle, the mid-year evaluation may include evidence from informal observations, artifacts, assessments, and other evidence collected throughout the first half of the school year.

    The mid-cycle formal evaluation requires a Mid-Cycle Summative Evaluation Meeting, separate from the post-observation conference. Prior to that meeting, the evaluator must give the educator a draft of the Mid-Cycle Summative Evaluation Report (Form 5) at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

    Any rating given in the evaluation report must be based on direct evidence that is written in the evaluation report. Review Article 27 of the PAT/PPS contract and the PPS Handbook for Professional Growth and Evaluation to determine whether the required procedures have been followed regarding your evaluation. Both are available on the PAT website.

    If the evaluator has stated that they “DO NOT RECOMMEND” you for continued employment if your performance continues as it is, contact your PAT Rep ASAP. You also have the right to submit a written objection/rebuttal that is attached to the evaluation report in your personnel file if you feel the evaluation was incomplete or unjust. The written objection should normally be made within 30 days of receipt of the evaluation.

    A template to assist you is provided here.

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    PAT Elections: Submit Questions for Eboard Candidates

    Please submit a question for PAT Eboard candidates to respond to. Pursuant to Section 2, subsection E of the PAT Nominations and Elections Handbook, members have the opportunity to submit written questions for the Executive Board candidates who are currently running for office. The Nominations and Elections Committee will choose up to 4 member-generated questions to ask candidates to respond to via an optional, electronic questionnaire. PAT members will receive a copy of candidate responses along with the voter pamphlet on February 9, 2023. Please submit your questions via this electronic form by 5:00pm on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023. 

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    Legislative Committee-Educator for a Day

    Host a Legislator to teach in your classroom at Educator for a Day!

    On February 3rd and 10th, PAT Legislative Committee will invite members from the Portland Delegation of the Oregon House of Representatives, and the Oregon State Senate. Please consider filling out this form to volunteer to host a Legislator as a guest educator for the day and to share your educator responsibilities. This is a great way to show them the challenges our schools are facing, in hopes they will help us solve them in the upcoming session. It is also an excellent form of outreach and helps maintain ongoing communication with State Leaders.

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    Tuesday Blue-sday

    Don’t forget to wear blue on Tuesdays! It doesn’t have to be a PAT blue shirt: You can rock a blue scarf, a blue pin, a blue sticker, a blue sweater or anything else you can imagine. But why, maestra? What’s the point? Well, the Tuesday Blue-sday tradition helps us show each other our union solidarity and reminds PPS leaders that our power is in our numbers and unity. Remember, campaigns are not built on one action but many escalating actions. This is just the beginning!

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    Substitute Educators: Opportunities to Engage with Your Union

    Substitute PAT members have the opportunity to shape our union and participate with other substitute and full time educators to organize inside our union and in our communities for quality public schools for all.

    Not a member of PAT? Click HERE to Join PAT now!

    Take a look at the Contract to become familiar with your rights. 


    • Next Substitute Committee Meeting: Monday, 10/17 from 4:30-6:30 PM at the PAT Headquarters (345 NE 8th Ave). Come eat, drink, and chat with substitutes and get involved in making our union strong! Here’s the agenda for the next meeting.
    • The district will be offering another paid professional training day on "Building Your Guest Teacher Toolkit" on Friday 10/14 for substitute educators. If you didn’t attend the last one, you can register through Pepper here.
    • Earn an additional $50 per day/ $35 half-day incentive pay if you work at one of the following schools:
    • SE: Grout, Harrison Park, Kelly, Kellogg, Lane, Lent, Sellwood
    • NE: Beaumont, Faubion, Rigler, Roseway Heights, Sabin, Scott, Vernon
    • N: Beach, Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, George, Harriet Tubman, James John, Jefferson, Ockley Green, Rosa Parks, Roosevelt, Sitton, 
    • If you are applying to renew a teaching license from  01/01/2022 through 12/31/2023, educators are not required to report Professional Development Units (PDUs) to TSPC to renew or reinstate a license. For more information on this waiver, click here.
    • Did you know you get a sick day as a substitute for every 17.7 days you work? If you need to take a sick day, whether or not you had to cancel a job on Absence Management, fill out this form.